BYU vs No. 18 San Diego State

BYU vs No. 18 San Diego State | 2020 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

Written by on December 17, 2020

Friday is always the lightest night of college basketball during the regular season, but there’s a very nice matchup this Friday as BYU visits No. 18 San Diego State. The Aztecs will be home favorites on the NCAAB odds for the unusual 2 p.m. ET Pacific start time.

How to Bet BYU at San Diego State NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

  • When: Friday, 5 PM ET
  • Where: Viejas Arena, San Diego
  • TV: CBS Sports Network
  • Stream: CBS Sports app
  • Radio:com
  • Opening NCAAB Lines: SDSU will be favored

Last Meeting

Early last season, BYU hosted San Diego State and the Aztecs won 76-71. Jordan Schakel and KJ Feagin each drained a 3-pointer late to hold off the Cougars. Schakel hit 5 of 7 from deep and finished with 19 points and Malachi Flynn added 17 points while dishing out five assists for SDSU, which halted a six-game losing streak in Provo. Feagin finished with 12 points. Nathan Mensah had seven points to go with 11 rebounds. BYU was up five with just over four minutes left.

BYU leads the all-time series 48-25 but the Aztecs have won the past four.

Why Bet on BYU?

The Cougars (6-2) somehow have managed to play every game on their schedule so far, which is incredibly rare this season in the pandemic. BYU comes off an 82-64 home win over rival Utah on Saturday. The win for BYU preserved an amazing streak where BYU has yet to lose back-to-back games in the Coach Mark Pope era. They have not lost consecutive games at home since 2011.

After trading baskets early in the first half, the Cougars took the lead at the 10:28 mark and never looked back. BYU shot 55.4% from the field and 39.1% from deep for the game. Five Cougars had career-highs in the game. Connor Harding finished with 17 points, Spencer Johnson had 16 points and Richard Harward added 15 points.

Harward’s 15 points were a career-high and he was 7-for-7 from the field. Alex Barcello had eight assists and Caleb Lohner racked up 10 boards. He added seven rebounds, three on the offensive glass. BYU is now 6-0 this season when leading at halftime and 0-2 when trailing. Barcello is currently the Cougars’ all time three-point percentage leader at 52.1%. Nate Call is second at 45.6%.

Lohner was today named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week for last week. As a true freshman, Lohner leads the Cougars in rebounding, averaging 6.8 boards per game. He is also tied for the team lead in steals (7) with Barcello and is tied for second in free-throws made (11) with Harward. Lohner has started four of the Cougars’ eight games.

Why Bet on San Diego State?

San Diego State (5-0) won at No. 23 Arizona State 80-68 last Thursday in the Aztecs’ most recent game. Jordan Schakel scored 25 points, Nathan Mensah had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and San Diego State dominated inside.

“We sent the center and the power forward to the offensive glass and those guys did a great job on their own,” Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. “It was a real key to the game.”

The Sun Devils were without forward Marcus Bagley due to a lower left leg injury. San Diego State already had a size advantage inside, and Bagley’s absence turned it into an even bigger strength. The Aztecs outscored Arizona State 36-9 in the paint and had 17 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds against the smaller Sun Devils. San Diego State pulled away with an 18-2 run in the second half.

The Aztecs were without three players due to contact tracing, though only Keshad Johnson was expected to be part of the rotation.

San Diego Stat has joined Gonzaga, Kansas and Villanova as the only teams with two victories this season against AP Top 25 teams. SDSU extended its Division I leading non-conference win streak (17 games) and road win streak (13 games). San Diego State is the first non-power conference team to have five straight double-digit wins against major conference opponents since Hawaii had a five-game streak from February 1997-March 1998.

San Diego State is 34-1 in its last 35 games when leading at the half. It has won 29 straight games when holding its opponent to 40 percent or less field goal shooting (ASU shot 34.5 percent). SDSU has won 23 straight games when owning an advantage in free throws attempted (SDSU 25, ASU 22).

The Aztecs are 5-0 for the second consecutive sea

son and the third time in 10 seasons. The team’s six spot jump in the new AP Top 25 from last week’s No. 24 ranking is the largest move inside the poll this week and matches SDSU’s biggest one-week move since going from No. 13 to No. 7 on Jan. 6, 2020. It also marks the 83rd week San Diego State has been ranked in the AP Top 25, and the Aztecs have been nationally ranked in 17 of the last 19 polls.

Expert Prediction

  • San Diego State 70, BYU 64

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